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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greenways in the news -- good news!

Raleigh OKs contract for last link on Neuse River Greenway

RALEIGH, N.C. — Construction on the last segment of the Neuse River Greenway should begin soon after the Raleigh City Council approved a contract for it Tuesday.

Fred Smith Company II LLC will build the 0.81-mile Horseshoe Bend section of the greenway trail for $819,950. The segment will link the trail from the WRAL Soccer Center on Perry Creek Road to U.S. Highway 401 and will include a bridge over the Neuse River and a short boardwalk section.

Once the segment opens in August, the Neuse River Greenway will extend 27.5 miles, from Falls Lake Dam in north Raleigh southeast to the Johnston County line, making it the longest greenway in North Carolina and the longest paved trail between northern Virginia and western Georgia.

The approximately $32 million trail has been funded by parks and recreation bonds approved by Raleigh voters in 2003 and 2007, the federal government, Wake County Open Space funds and other local jurisdictions.

In other business, the City Council approved the sale of the southern part of the Charter Square site, adjacent to City Plaza downtown, to Dominion Realty for $6.3 million. The developer, which plans to build a 230,000-square-foot office building and related amenities, also acquired a two-year option to purchase the northern portion of the site.

Read the rest of the story here. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteer spotlight shines on Max Alexander

Max Alexander waded onto the shores of Asheville and the French Broad river in 1976, moving here to
take a job as a Systems Engineer with the IBM Corporation. Seven years later with a wife, a local girl by the name of Lillian, and two small children, Leslie and Andrew both born in Mission hospital, the Alexander family began their peripatetic travels with IBM that took them to Florida, Alabama, Japan and Atlanta. Lillian and Max returned to Asheville in 1999 to complete Max's 30-year career with IBM.

Lillian was the first member of the family to volunteer at RiverLink. She was the computer guru, inventory management specialist and programmer (if really pressed). Once the RiverLink staff brought on the requisite skills, Lillian passed the volunteer torch onto Max. With a bit of coaching from Bob Cragnolin, Max became one of the beer pourers at RiverLink events. As a fan of beer, especially the beer scene in Asheville, Max became the beer guru, spending time explaining beer types, taste and differences to other pourers and customers.

RiverLink is special to Max and Lillian, as the focus is on a tangible and very important resource to our community and our lives. "Water really is something we can't live without and clean water lets us live much more enjoyable lives. From hydration to recreation RiverLink works to keep this vital resource safe, clean and pure for all of us," Max says.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Please take our volunteer poll ...

Give us your Opinion: 2014 Volunteer Information Sessions 
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to volunteer more in 2014? 

We want your input for our 2014 Volunteer Information Sessions. What time works best for your schedule? Sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Warehouse Studios building.

Take our Volunteer Information Sessions Poll  to help us continue our mission to make the French Broad River and its tributaries a place to live, work, and play.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's Art & Poetry time again!

It's time to start thinking about the Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest

RiverLink is exited to announce the 7th annual Voices of the River Art and Poetry Contest.  We are now accepting submissions!

In this unique and creative contest we ask students K-12 throughout the
Art by Henry Asbill of French Broad River Academy
French Broad Watershed to visit the rivers of our community and take time to reflect what the river means to them. The students then choose how they can portray the river in a meaningful and artistic manor. In the past we have seen inspiring pieces from students of all ages throughout the entire French Broad River Watershed. Last year RiverLink received over 700 entries, we can't wait to see what the talented artists and poets of the watershed have in store this year!

Now is the time to start working towards your 2014 submission!  We will begin accepting submissions now with the deadline to submit your artwork or poetry Wednesday March 19th 2013. This is a great opportunity for art teachers, classroom teachers, community groups and individuals to learn about The French Broad River and tap into your creativity!

Find 2014 Submission forms at as well as prompt ideas, worksheets, and lesson plans with the opportunity to even receive provide materials.

Drop off work with completed submissions form at the RiverLink Office located at 170 Lyman Street, or mail to PO Box 15488 Asheville, NC 28813

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact:
Lizzy Stokes-Cawley
Education Coordinator
(828) 252-8474 x 18

Here is a sample of a poetry submission by James Van Cleve from last year: 

As the River 

I am the river
Getting up in the morning are the frogs, the fish, and the turtles
As a river my enemies are plastic bags and fishermen
They kill my friends and my family
While hurting me, too
I love flowing through the river at the break of dawn,
Looking into the sunrise
I am the river.